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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

Running with a group

Are you part of a running group or club? Do you run alone?

Well, I have done both. When I first starting running almost 2 years ago (November will be 2 years exactly), I was on my own. I lived in Dothan, Alabama. I lived in a very nice neighborhood so I felt very comfortable running there. I trained for my first half marathon in that neighborhood by myself. Back then, I absolutely had to run with music. I would find myself singing and running to the beats of the music. I think that’s what helped me to keep running by myself. Then in December of 2011 we moved to Milton, Florida, about 25 miles from Pensacola. At the time I was training for my next big race, Double Bridge 15k, which was in February. We moved into a nice neighborhood, not as big as the one in Alabama, but big enough to go about three laps around the streets and get in 3 miles before getting bored. Then I found a paved trail about 10 minutes from our house. This is where I did the rest of my training, still by myself. About a week before the race I found an all female running group, Phat Girlz, that was sponsored by the local running store, Running Wild, in Pensacola. I connected with the group first through their private Facebook group page. I ended up meeting one of the girlz, Marianne, at the race expo.

I was there early for the pre-race picture, I ran with about 3 of them and have been running with them ever since. During the season (they take summer off while the kids are out of school) we meet on Phridays at 9:30 at Running Wild. We do a 3 mile or 5 mile loop, run and/or walk. All levels are welcome. And on those Fridays the store extends special deals to the girlz.

It is through this group that I have bonded with and become very close to several of the girlz.

Bottom Left: Me, Emily and Marianne. Top: After a trail run. Bottom right: Before the Bayou Hills 10k. We love to show our guns!

Phat Girlz Tina, Anna and me. The three of us are also Sweat Pink Ambassadors for Fit Approach. We are very sad because Anna is moving next week.

Our fearless leader, Cherie’, calls this bonding with your “blood sisters”. I love that term. We have the entire group but within that group, several girls are very close to one another because of different things they may have in common. It is truly unique and I am so thankful to have found this group of unbelievably strong and inspirational women.

If you aren’t part of a group and have thought about joining one, I highly recommned it. I do several runs a week with this group, not just on Phat Phridays. Sometimes it’s just two of us and then sometimes it’s four or five of us. I still do runs on my own, but I really prefer running with a buddy or two. And if you can’t find a group, maybe think about starting your own.

Sweaty Bands Review and Giveaway

Do you wear caps, visors or handbands when you run? I was introduced to Sweaty Bands last year before my first half marathon. For a little extra motivation during training, I bought one with 13.1 printed on it.

I plan to wear this same Sweaty Band in November for the Pensacola Half Marathon, which happens to be the same race I wore it in last year.

Sweaty Bands are the best non-slip headband I have found. I think my head is oddly shaped, haha, because I could never wear those thin elastic bands that you see most of the younger girls wearing. They never stayed down on the back of my head. Sweaty Bands however don’t move.  I think it’s the special fabric on the underside. It’s very comfortable. They come in two sizes, 1″ and 1.5″ and many many different colors and designs.


You can also have them customized like my running group, Phat Girlz.

They are awesome to wear all the time, not just for running. The awesome folks at Sweaty Bands sent me one to give to a lucky reader.

How to Win:

1. Mandatory entry: Comment below with what you wear (cap, visor, headband or nothing) when you run or workout.

2. Extra entry: Like my new Facebook page and leave a comment below that you did.

3. Extra entry: Like Sweaty Bands on Facebook and leave a comment below that you did.

4. Extra entry: For Tweeters, follow me @rfaura and leave a comment below that you did this.

5. Extra entry: For the Tweeters, RT this contest: “I just entered a @sweatybands giveaway via @rfaura” and leave a comment below that you did this.

GOOD LUCK! (The winner will be picked via

Contest will end and winner will be selected on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 12pm CST. Winner will be announced by 9pm CST that same day.

A little mess…

Apparently, somehow I deleted pictures that were in some of my past posts. Now they are showing up with that ugly empty box and the little red “x” in the top left corner. I am slowly working on uploading the pictures again and putting them back into the posts. UGH!

It is in my older posts from a couple of months ago, but still killing me, so I will continue until I have them all back.

Boy, I’m learning a lot from this blogging stuff!

On another note..Tropical Storm Isaac…So far, we are not being impacted here in Pensacola. But, we may start getting wind and rain soon. I did not ride into town to run because I thought the wind would be bad. Turned out, not so. Oh well, I will be making up that run tomorrow and getting my crosstraining on today. Just going to continue on as normal.

Here’s a little thought to leave you with:

Week Recap

It’s that time…


Ran 3 miles


Ran 6 miles


Crosstraining, WOD


Ran 4 miles


Rode 15.89 miles


Ran 7 miles

I ran and biked a total of 36 miles. If you remember, earlier this week I posted the crossfit workout that I found at Women’s Health Magazine online. I loved it and plan to utulize it more.

I wanted to share a picture of me running on Saturday. This is downtown Pensacola. As we passed these cross streets and could seethe sun slowly peeping up. It was beautiful. I truly love living in Pensacola and being part of the huge running community here!

I also snapped a couple pics of my half marathon training group as we ran.

It’s Monday and it’s a new day and new week to start fresh. Get up and get out! Here’s some Monday Motivation:

New Orleans trip and Isaac’s path…

I am almost 40 years old and attended my very first NFL game Saturday night in New Orleans. My hubby runs the Mercedes-Benz/Volvo dealership in Pensacola. And since the Superdome is now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Mercedes will occasionally send Saints tickets to some of the dealers. Guess who the lucky ones were this past week, whoop whoop! Not only that, my hubby was able to leave work early so we could go, which rarely happens.

As soon as he told me we were going, I turned into a  little kid, all excited and giddy. I went right out and bought a Saint’s shirt. (because that’s what everyone does, right?)

Anyway, we ended going to the Mercedes-Benz USA suite and our seats were the very front row. Awesome! The food was so good and the view was great. Not bad for my first NFL game. I just hope my hubby realizes I can’t sit in stadium seats now that I’ve experienced the “Suite Life”!

This trip was even more special because I have not visited many places since I quit drinking and New Orleans is well, “drunk alley”. I had an absolutely
amazing time and did not take one drink. I am so thankful that I am at that place in my recovery where I can do just that.

On to other news….

There is some storm named Isaac scaring everyone along the Gulf Coast. We have done our run to the store and I think we are prepared as we can possibly be. I pray for everyone that has been or will be affected.

TGIF and sore muscles!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week.

It’s been two days since I did a new crosstraining workout and I have to admit, I am still sore. My triceps and my calfs are saying, “what the heck were you thinking”! If you remember, I recently post how difficult it is to stick to crosstraining. Well, I decided to look, AGAIN, at a few exercises I can do at home and that I may actually enjoy. I am really interested in crossfit. Unfortunately, the nearest box is 25 miles from my home and right now (trying to stay on a budget) I can’t justify the drive and the cost when I can exercise at home. So behold, I found a WOD and thought I would give it yet another try. This one I found at WomensHealth.

It’s 6 exercises and they give you 4 different workouts to mix it up.

Total Time Do 10 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without resting. Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes. EXERCISE ORDER: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Total Countdown Complete 60 reps of the first move, 50 of the second, 40 of the third, and so on, until you’ve worked down to 10 reps of the last exercise. EXERCISE ORDER: 2, 1, 6, 5, 4, 3

Total Rounds Do 12 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without rest. Complete five rounds and note how long it takes you to finish. Aim to do the workout faster next time. EXERCISE ORDER: 3, 4, 5, 2, 6, 1

Total Reps Complete as many reps as you can of each move in one minute each, moving from one exercise to the next without stopping. Rest one minute, then repeat the entire sequence two more times. Keep track of your total rep count (e.g., if you finish 20 lunge hops, start counting pushups at 21). Try to beat your grand total next time. EXERCISE ORDER: 5, 6, 2, 3, 1, 4

Wednesday, I decided to try the Total Time workout. I was able to do 3 rounds but boy was I pushing the last one! Those tricep dips were killer. Needless to say that, two days later, my triceps and calfs are still sore. And believe it or not, I like that feeling. That makes me think what I did actually worked my muscles and if I continue doing these exercises, I may see some results. So my plan is to do 2 workouts a week and see if I can continue for a month. I am determined to find some sort of crosstraining that I enjoy and can stick to!

TGIF and have a safe and fun weekend!

Going for next goal…

I have decided it’s time to move on to my next goal and become a certified run coach. I have researched this for several months now and really wanted to try it out before making the commitment. I was given that opportunity when my local running store approached me and asked me if I was interested in being the Saturday run coach for the half marathon training group. I said yes and I really enjoy it. Can you imagine doing something you really enjoy as a career? Crazy, huh?!

So far I have found a few different groups or organizations, if you will, that offer coach certification. The ever popular RRCA, Road Runners Club of America. Unfortunately, their certification courses are scheduled in select areas, only have 35 slots and fill up very quickly. The nearest location to me was New Orleans and that was full in a matter of days. You can put your name on a wait list but that does not guarantee you a slot if there is a cancellation.  I was informed to check the website regularly as they will announce the upcoming locations and dates. Another organization is the USATF, USA Track & Field. They offer a fundamentals of coaching online course along with 3 levels of in-class coaching certification. They offer many different locations throughout the year and there was one offered in Mobile, AL in June, so it looks like I would have to wait until June 2013.

I am registered to take CPR certification in about 2 weeks and have considered taking the online fundamentals of coaching course in lieu of waiting for the next available course locations to be revealed. I am patient and everything happens in the order it’s supposed to. I’m just trudging along the road of happy destiny, searching for my next new and exciting goals.

Have you you found yourself ready to accomplish something but then put on hold because of scheduling or other reasons?

I told my kids I’m a ninja, now I own one!

Those of you that know me or have read some of my previous posts, knows the simple things make me so happy these days! Well I was so flippin excited to have brought home a new NINJA Kitchen System Pulse. It juices, it blends, it processes. OH MY! I couldn’t wait to give it a try this morning. I thumbed through the booklet that came with it and found this recipe.

Blueberry Power Blast Breakfast

3/4 cup water

1 scoop of whey protein powder

3/4 cup blueberries (it said frozen, but I used fresh)

1 tbls. flax seed

It was so yummy and good for you too!

I can’t wait try something else…oh, the possibilities!!

Week Recap and BuluBox

Rode 12 miles

Ran 5 miles


Ran 6 miles

Rode 11 miles

Ran 6 miles

I ended up with a total of 39 miles both running and biking. This was a taper week for running so I thought it was a perfect time to get back on Pantera, my bike. As running miles go up, I may or may not ride as much. I am still just going with the flow with my training plan.

I have talked about Bulu Box previously. It’s a great way to sample products before buying. Another product I tried was the Detour Bar.

This one is the lower sugar Chocolate Chip Caramel bar. It was yummy. They offer several different products and you should check them out.

I received another box on Friday.

I really like being able to try products before committing to purchase the regular size. I have wasted quite a bit of money buying before trying. Thanks Bulu Box!

This is a new week and another chance to start fresh. Get out and get moving!

Crosstraining Woes…

I am finding it extremely difficult to incorporate crosstraining (weights, abs, so on) into my fitness routine. I can’t understand why because I definitely make time to run! I fall in and out of this. I can go a few weeks and keep it up but as soon as I miss a day, then I miss another day and pretty soon I am not crosstraining at all. At one point I typed up a weekly schedule. It went well for a few weeks. I subscribe to all kinds of emails  and websites that send me exercises and I think, “oh those look good”, but I never try them. I am at a disadvantage that I can not afford to join a gym right now. But I am at an advantage because I have a nice home gym with all the equipment I really need. I think it is the lack of motivation of working out by myself.

So I’m asking my readers, have you dealt with this dilemma, if so, what do you do to stay with a regime?

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